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Judging Opportunities for 4-H Members

Judging is a great opportunity for 4-H members to improve decision making, communication, problem solving, and time management skills in a fun, team-oriented setting. Members do not have to be involved in any specific project to take part in judging programs. Some potential benefits of judging include college scholarships, opportunity to travel, personal and team awards. Check out one or more of these judging opportunities!

Horse Judging

Develop an eye for horses and understand what exactly goes on in the show ring. Workouts generally start in January or February. The State Horse Judging Contest is held in Fort Collins in conjunction with the State 4-H Conference in June. There are opportunities for members of top placing teams to travel to national level contests. For more information contact coach Dave Moore at 970-378-8835.

Horse Bowl

By participating in Horse Bowl, you can learn about the horse in a fun setting. The team competes in knowledge bowl contests that demonstrate understanding of equine science and management. Work-outs generally start in October or November. The State Horse Bowl Contest is held in conjunction with the State 4-H Conference in June. There are opportunities for members of top placing teams to travel to national level contests. For more information contact coach Teresa Johnson at 970-302-9040.

Horse Hippology

Very similar to Horse Bowl is the Hippology program. It’s a fun and competitive setting for youth enrolled in a horse project to demonstrate the breadth of their knowledge and understanding of equine science, and in particular the practical application of this knowledge and skill. A hippology contest consists of four phases: judging, written test, stations, and team problem. Top state teams have the opportunity to travel to national level contests. Practices normally start in October or November. For more information contact coach Teresa Johnson at 970-302-9040.

Livestock Judging

Workouts for Livestock Judging normally start in early March. Generally, the team will also compete in several county contests prior to the State contest in June, held in conjunction with the State 4-H Conference in Fort Collins. Team members will learn livestock evaluation skills for beef, sheep and swine. Top placing teams have the opportunity to participate in national level contests. For further information contact coaches Ben and Larissa Fritz at 970-396-7395 (Ben) or 970-759-6404 (Larissa).

Dairy Judging

Dairy judging is a state-based program where members participate on an individual basis. Following the State Contest, generally held in July, the top individuals are chosen and have the opportunity to participate in national level contests. In dairy judging members will learn about the parts of a dairy cow and dairy cattle evaluation skills.  Workouts normally start in June. For more information contact coach Keith Maxey at 970-400-2075.

Rabbit Judging

Team members learn the basics of rabbit judging – body types and how to pose them; point schedule on specific breeds and what characteristic(s) earn the most points; breed identification; and how to give reasons. Practices normally start in January. The team will participate in various contests prior to the State Contest which is held in Pueblo in conjunction with the Colorado State Fair. For more information contact Larry Hooker at 970-400-2093.

Meats Judging

Members will learn how to evaluate various qualities and yield differences in beef, pork, and lamb meat products. In addition, they will be required to identify the species, location (primal) and cooking method of over 100 retail cuts derived from beef, pork, and lamb carcasses. Members will also be taught safe meat handling practices. Practices began in October. The State Contest will be in Fort Collins in April. The State winning team has the opportunity to travel and participate in a national level contest. We are currently looking for a coach.  If you are interested in being a Meat Judging Coach or for more information contact Larry Hooker at 970-400-2093.
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